Election of 1860 in United States (Lincoln Vs. Douglas vs. Bell vs. Breckenridge) Worksheet/ Activity
Contains pictures, graphs, readings and questions for the election
Students also create a party platform for one of the candidates
The Election of 1860 The election of 1860 was a turning point for the United States. Looking at an election map shows clearly how the country was divided.
Look at the cartoon to the right to see one viewpoint of the campaign for the presidency. Try to figure out what the cartoonist thinks of each of these candidates. Lincoln is on the left, dressed as a member of a Republican support group called the “Wide Awakes.” As he approaches the White House, the other candidates try to sneak in. John Bell tells Stephen Douglas to hurry up. Douglas, meanwhile, tries to unlock the door with different keys, but none of them works.